Getting out cycling with three kids can be a bit of a logistical nightmare at the best of times. There are so many things to consider, how do we get to the place with them, the safety of the roads, making sure everyone has the right gear (and it fits!) and most of all where to go cycling as a family in Hampshire!
So with all this in mind, I started to look around to find somewhere to take the kids cycling and happened upon a wonderful place near us in the village of Wickham. There is a disused railway line here called the Wickham Railway Walk which is part of the Meon Valley Trail, but it’s just perfect for cycling as a family.
Why Is The Meon Valley Trail Great For Cycling?
- Flat for little ones cycling legs
- Safety. There are no cars along this walk
- There is a lovely wide path to share with walkers
- Straight and long, perfect for cycling
- Good car parking (though it can get busy at times)
We parked in a good sized car park at Wickham Car Park, which is located up Mill Lane and behind Chesapeake Mill.
This car park is right on the edge of the path, so easy to start your cycle ride with the children straight away.
The only downside is, it’s an 11-mile straight line! So you will need to turn around and cycle back the way you came. Not circular, however, this is great for timekeeping for the kid’s little legs, as you know how long it took you to do the first half!
We visited on a sunny January afternoon and it was so pretty with the sun shining through the trees.
Expect to get muddy during the winter months!!
I am enjoying capturing little videos of the places we’ve visited recently as I think that the videos really bring these places to life.
Let me know if you visit the Wickham Railway Walk and Meon Valley Trail, or are there any other great cycle routes for families in this area?